Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Allen's fundraising pitch & a potential opponent

George Allen is making his end of the year fundraising pitch

I know the holidays are right around the corner, and I'm sure you've had enough of politics for a while ... ... but I really need your help! As a loyal friend and supporter, I appreciate all your help during my service in office. And as someone who understands campaigns, I had to rush this important message to you. In 11 days, my re-election campaign needs to file our 4th quarter fundraising report with the Federal Election Commission. I have until December 31st to submit a full report on the number of individual supporters I have, as well as expenses paid and total amount of money raised in preparation for the 2006 election. This FEC report will be scrutinized by members of the political media and the National Democratic Party. And they'll all be looking for the same thing: evidence of how successful – or unsuccessful – our team has been in preparing for next year's election. My campaign needs a show of strength and the time to do that is right NOW! You already know my last election against Senator Robb was close. And to win this time around, I have to be prepared for an all-out left-wing blitz. When a Democrat won the Virginia Governor's race last month, the National Democrats got some ideas about Virginia. The way Howard Dean and Hillary Clinton see it, if they can turn Virginia from a Republican state into a Democrat one, they will take an enormous step closer to their ultimate goal of taking over Congress and – ultimately – the White House. And that all starts with attempting to defeat me in our 2006 re-election campaign. The moment the TV networks declared a Democrat winner, Deaniacs in Washington, DC began scurrying about to find a multi-millionaire who can personally bankroll their entire campaign against me. And according to National Journal's Hotline it looks like they might have found a candidate in a wealthy lobbyist who has expressed serious interest in running. That's why your emergency support before the year-end FEC deadline is so important. We need to finish the year strong and send a message to the National Democrats: Proven commonsense conservative Republicans in Virginia are prepared and ready to win! Can I count on your continued support before this very important deadline? Please send an immediate contribution of $50, $25, or even $10 to help me make this December 31st FEC report a success. [Click here] Thanks again for your continued friendship. And on behalf of Susan and our entire family, we wish you and your loved ones a safe and blessed holiday Christmas season. With kind personal regards, I remain Sincerely, George Allen P.S. To raise $200,000 in the next week and a half, I need help from you and every supporter. Send this e-mail to your friends, family and co-workers. Thanks again for all of your support.
My only question is who is the "wealthy lobbyist who has expressed serious interest in running"? Is it Harris Miller as NLS has mentioned? If so, here is Miller's bio:
Harris N. Miller President Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) Harris N. Miller became President of the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) in 1995. Miller directs the day-to-day operations of the association and reports to the ITAA Board of Directors. ITAA is the largest and oldest information technology (IT) trade association, representing over 500 leading software, services, internet, telecommunications, electronic commerce and systems integration companies. ITAA has grown more than 25% each year that Miller has been President. Miller is also President of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), an “association of associations” representing 41 high tech trade groups around the world. Recently he has been named to the Boards of Directors of ITT Educational Services, Inc., a publicly traded corporation, and New2USA.com. Miller leads ITAA’s public policy focus in other areas such as encryption, taxation, IT workforce shortage, intellectual property, telecommunications reform, Year 2000 date conversion, and business immigration. He has testified before Congress and state legislatures on numerous issues, and briefed federal, state, and local officials on issues critical to the IT industry. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the 1998 World Congress on Information Technology. Miller current serves on the boards of National Center for Technology and the Law, George Mason University Technology Center; the Center for Innovative Leadership, Blacksburg, Virginia; and IT Staffing Solutions, an industry trade publication. He has written and spoken widely on a variety of high tech issues and has been published in various popular and academic journals -- among others, ITRecruitermag.com, Federal Times, The Washington Post Op-Ed, IT Professional Magazine published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and The World Today published by The Royal Institute of International Affairs. He also serves on the advisory boards of The Alliance for Technology Education (TATE) and IT Staffing Solutions, a Harcourt Brace Professional Publication. He is a much sought after conference presenter both nationally and internationally. In the area of procurement reform, government acquisition policy, federal IT funding, and related issues, Miller has these significant accomplishments during the past five years: • Received the 2000 c-CIP Award, presented by AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association) honoring his leadership and innovation in Information Security issues. • Testified before numerous Congressional Committees on a series of federal procurement issues including the House Treasury, Postal Service Subcommittee in favor of ACE and Customs Modernization funding; • Met with Congressional leaders to promote federal outsourcing and against adding new restrictions; • Helped launch the PSC/ITAA Outsourcing Coalition to support the Army Wholesale Logistics Program (LogMod); • With ITAA staff, helped build Congressional and media support for NMCI; • Has spoken at major DoD conferences on outsourcing, the role of private sector in defense acquisitions, and streamlining the procurement process; • Spoke at a press conference sponsored by Senator Hutchinson (R-AR) against the contractor responsibility proposed regulations, usually called blacklisting. Miller represented the high tech associations at this event. • Conceived the ground-breaking study, “Help Wanted: The IT Workforce at the Dawn of a New Century.” Met with federal officials on the federal IT workforce and the pending shortage. Miller was a key speaker at several convocations focused on the federal IT workforce. He has advised the Workforce Subcommittee of the CIO Council on ITAA’s leadership role activities. • Under his leadership, ITAA produces the National Information Technology Workforce Convocation, which brings together leaders from education, government, and industry to formulate partnerships and "best practices" to increase the quantity and quality of IT workers. • Appeared on numerous network and cable television programs, radio programs and has been quoted in virtually all major national news publications. These include CBS, NBC, CNN, CNBC, BBC, McLaughlin One on One, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Business Week, Financial Times, The Economist, News Hour, World Business Report and many more. • Recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as one of Washington’s top 50 association executives and recipient of Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100 Award, presented to "…executives from government, industry and academia found by an independent panel of judges to have had the greatest impact on the government systems community…" Miller has a broad range of additional public policy experience. Prior to joining ITAA, he was president of Immigration Services Associates, a government relations firm based in Washington, D.C. specializing in immigration issues. Concurrently, he acted as government relations director for Fragomen, Del Rey & Bernsen, P.C., a nationwide law firm specializing in immigration, and he operated his own government relations firm, Harris Miller & Associates, with clients in high tech, agriculture and banking. In addition to private sector experience, Miller has many years of government service, including assignments as Legislative Director to former U.S. Sen. John A. Durkin (D-NH); Deputy Director, Congressional Relations, U.S. Office of Personnel Management; and Legislative Assistant, Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and International Law, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives. Miller is also active in professional and civic activities. He served as chairman of the Fairfax County, Virginia Democratic party for six years. He served as co-chair of the Virginia Opera Northern Virginia Finance Committee and was a member of the Virginia State Lottery Board. Miller was chairman of the American Heart Association, Northern Virginia Council; member, Virginia Governor's Commission on the Federal Funding of State Domestic Programs; and served on the board of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, National Capitol Area Region. Miller is Co-Chairman of the 1999 Wolf Trap Ball Corporate Committee, and was recently featured on the cover of Association Management Magazine. Miller holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a graduate degree from Yale University.
It seems, however, that the tech community may not be so enamored of him given his support for allowing more foreign high-tech workers into the U.S. on H1-B visas. All you have to do is go someplace like ZDNet and see items like the following posted:
Harris Miller Declares War Against American Workers Early in 2004 Harris Miller of the ITAA vowed that in 2005 he would fight to raise the yearly cap on H-1B visas. His remarks in this article are a declaration of war against American workers.
A Google search turned up that gem in just seconds as well as boatloads of congressional testimony that could very easily be sifted through by Allen's op-research staff. Something tells me that Virginia's high-tech workers/voters wouldn't be so favorable towards someone who has worked so hard to bring in cheaper labor from abroad to replace them.

3 Comments:

At 12/21/2005 01:11:00 PM, Blogger Willis said...

Mr. Allen, I admit, i'm torn on this one.

I really don't like you. In fact, you are one of the politicians I despise the most, despite my being a Redskins fan.

However, as a democrat, I would LOVE for you to be the republican presidential candidate in 2008. To have that happen, you have to win your senate seat in 2006.

In the end, I hope you lose, and I hope your political career goes down in flames. but if you somehow do win in 2006, it won't be a total loss, because I can look forward to the Republicans nominating your oafish ass in 2008.

 
At 12/28/2005 11:47:00 AM, Anonymous Arnold said...

Wudjoo talkn' 'bout, willis?

 
At 1/10/2006 01:07:00 PM, Blogger Lucy Jones said...

I'm just surprised Kaine didn't appoint him Sec. of Technology.... Maybe that wasn't good enough?

 

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